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  • Pan's Labyrinth
  • Let the Right One In
  • Before Sunset
  • In Bruges

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  • F9

    ★★

  • Phoenix

    ★★★½

  • In the Heights

    ★★★½

  • David Byrne's American Utopia

    ★★★★★

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  • F9

    F9

    ★★

    Self-aware silliness is still silliness, and shooting a car into outer space was a little too much for me. The magnets weren't much better. The film opens with its best setpiece, dodging landmines while pursued by baddies. It's tense and grounded - until it isn't - and felt like something only a mega-franchise with this budget could do. But then, the family stuff felt watered down, the villains aren't given much to do, and it really is a little too bonkers. Appreciate the diverse and easily lovable cast, always enjoy seeing Edinburgh on screen, but this wasn't for me.

  • Phoenix

    Phoenix

    ★★★½

    A final scene for the ages, and a Nina Hoss performance to go with it. After her face is reconstructed following a bullet wound, Nelly tracks down her husband who no longer recognises her and believes his wife to be dead. She doesn't correct him, and upon meeting the unrecognisable Nelly, her husband suggests she pretend to be Nelly so they can claim her inheritance.

    There's a lot of pain in two characters looking at each other and seeing completely…

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  • A Silent Voice

    A Silent Voice

    ★★★★★

    Boy meets girl. Boy bullies girl. Boy matures and tries to set things right.

    I really hated Ishida. You're supposed to, obviously. He bullies Nishimiya for no reason other than her deafness. He would have bullied her regardless, just because she was new to the class. He is the ringleader and the enabler for his friends to bully her too.

    Cut to years later and something has changed. He's distanced himself from who he used to be. Ostracised by his…

  • Anna and the Apocalypse

    Anna and the Apocalypse

    ★★★½

    aka THE GRAVEST SHOWMAN